21 Nov 2012

'He can leave' - LFC chase exciting £10m star scouted by KD. Replace Pacheco?

After months of indifferent performances, Jose Enrique has returned to form over the last two games, and he capped his man of the match performance against Wigan at the weekend with his first ever Premier League goal for Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers' decision to play Glen Johnson and Enrique on the left really paid dividends, but despite the Spaniard's resurgence, it seems that Rodgers still plans to strengthen the club's left-sided options.

According to reports in Italy this week, Liverpool are lining up a January move for Udinese midfielder Pablo Armero, who is also linked with Italian giants Juventus.

In April 2011, ex-Reds boss Kenny Dalglish 'ordered scouting reports' on the Colombian international, and he must've liked what he heard because in March 2012, the Reds held talks with Armero's representatives over the possibility of a move.

Dalglish's exit from Anfield scuppered any chance of a deal at that time, but in August 2012, Udinese President Franco Soldati publicly confirmed that Armero is definitely still available. He told Radio CRC:

“We have already sold a number of important players, but others will arrive. Is anyone else on the list? Armero is the only player on the market.

“If Armero wants to leave, then he can leave. If anyone were to call us up, the situation would be resolved in a matter of minutes"

£10m-rated Armero can play at left-back or on the left side of midfield, and with Dalglish flop Stewart Downing almost certainly on his way out of the club, a move for another left-sided player would seem to make sense.

Having said that, if Armero comes in, where does that leave Dani Pacheco? The arrival of another left-sided player would surely be a massive vote of no confidence in the Spaniard?

Armero is an exciting prospect: he's fast, technically accomplished and attack-minded, but if he actually signs for Liverpool, let's hope he's more composed in the attacking third of the field than he is here: :-)

Udinese vs Braga - CL - August 2012

Jaimie Kanwar


  1. Was Hodgson as unwanted by our fans, as much as Rafa is unwanted by Chelsea fans? haha

  2. He is great on left back and going forward, but not as good on the wing.

  3. It's all going to end in tears. In their press release, Chelsea called him the 'interim manager' - players will be able to shirk their responsibilities big time; why should they bust a gut for a manager who's definitely going to leave. If things go wrong, Benitez will get the blame. It's career suicide (again) if you ask me. He can't win. And even if he does well, he can't win; just ask Di Matteo!

  4. Rafa's big ego (to be fair, lots of managers have big egos) + trigger-happy owner + big ego players + club winning CL in the last season = Inter Milan

    Similar circumstances at Chelsea in some ways

  5. I wouldn't be surprised if he's given the elbow before Christmas. The fans don't want him. The players won't want him (may be why Torres has been making noises about going back to Spain this week). Circumstances like that... he may leave without even winning a game. Makes you wonder if Abramovich has only appointed him, so he can have the satisfaction of sacking him?
    Terry, Lampard and Cech will already be plotting Benitez's downfall.